Tuesday, 2 March 2010

"Britain's Islamic Republic" [on TV]

Dispatches, Britain's Islamic Republic, 1 March 2010 "Dispatches investigates a fundamentalist Islamic group headquartered in Britain, and its claims to have placed its 'brothers' in positions of political power here.

"Using undercover recordings, investigative journalist Andrew Gilligan reveals the group's ambitions to create a worldwide 'Islamic social and political order,' and the concerns of a mainstream party that they are being 'infiltrated'; and talks to the Muslims who want to stop it."

I haven't seen this one yet (it's available online in the UK).

The taboids got excited by this:

Daily Star, The Islam Tendency, 1 Mar 2010, "Muslim extremists are plotting to take over the Labour Party and turn Britain into an Islamic state, it was claimed last night.

"Labour minister Jim Fitzpatrick said they have been placing people within local branches to gain control of key party positions."

The local papers also covered this:

Evening Standard, Tower Hamlets accused of being infiltrated by Islamic extremists, 1 Mar 2010

Coincidentally, Dispatches' reporter Andrew Gilligan had a piece in the Daily Telegraph, Sir Ian Blair's deal with Islamic radical, 1 Mar 2010 "The activist, Azad Ali, was accepted by the Met as a trusted interlocutor. The force also agreed to give him information on forthcoming anti-terror raids. – Mr Ali has previously justified the killing of British troops in Iraq, believes al Qaeda is a "myth," and has praised a key mentor of Osama bin Laden. "